By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos’ return to the 2018 portion of the season calendar was not a kind one with back-to-back road losses over the weekend. Friday’s trip to Payson ended with a 54-44 loss to the fifth ranked Lady Longhorns. The following day Snowflake made a long trip to Kayenta where they played well against the seventh ranked Monument Valley Lady Mustangs but came home with a 59-51 loss.
Payson jumped on top of Snowflake in the first half outscoring them 34 to 14 at the half. Snowflake played better in the second half but the damage had been done. Against Payson the Lady Lobos were led in scoring by Emily Ballard with 19 points. Camaria Reidhead added 8; Shelby Larson, 7; Nikita Olms, 5; Trysten Hancock, 3; Kaylee Coplan, 3; Marynda Caldwell, 2; and Taryn Flake had 2.
In the Monument Valley game on Saturday, Snowflake played well early holding a three-point lead after the first period. They added two to that cushion at the half and lead 26-21. Monument Valley overtook the Lobos in the third period then closed the game out in the fourth.
Snowflake was led by Olms with 24 points, which included three treys. Camaraia Reidhead added 7; Kaylee Coplan, 7; Emily Ballard, 6; Heather Whipple, 4; and Shelby Larson had 3.
Snowflake, ranked 30th at the onset of the week, will need to pick up a handful of wins over the course of the next three or four weeks in order to climb into the top 24 in the 3A power rankings. The top 24 will qualify for at least the state tournament play-in game.
After hosting second ranked Holbrook on Tuesday night, the Lobos will play at 31st ranked Show Low on Friday. On Saturday they host 2A Thatcher. Next Tuesday Snowflake will host east region foe Blue Ridge, which is also struggling through the first half of the season sitting in 27th position in the rankings.
Snowflake is currently 7-10 on the season and they are 1-6 in power point regular season contests.